A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Dr. Matthew Hummel does total knee replacement at St. E using new robotic-arm technology

Dr. Matthew T. Hummel of Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers performed the first total knee replacement surgery using new robotic-arm assisted technology at St. Elizabeth Healthcare — technology available at only a handful of medical centers in the nation. Today’s successful surgery was performed using a device called the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System. The surgeon’s use of the robotic-arm...

KHIP: Poll shows Kentuckians need to be more physically active to achieve good health

Being physically active is one of the most valuable things a person can do to maintain good health. The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, asked Kentucky adults about neighborhood conditions and physical activity. Eight in 10 Kentucky adults (79 percent) said they were either very physically active (30 percent) or somewhat...

Grant County needle exchange program ‘operates just as it should,’ says a report on its first year

From the Northern Kentucky Health Department In its first year of operation, the Grant County syringe access exchange program has helped 130 people prevent infectious diseases spread through IV drug use. Services are offered on Wednesday afternoons at the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s Grant County Health Center in Williamstown. The program launched on March 16, 2016. “The syringe access...

SmartHealthToday: Finding a cure for MS starts with awareness and education; research matters

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday March is National MS Education and Awareness Month. Why is education and awareness so important? It’s the first step toward research and finding a cure, says Randy Nickum, coordinator of logistics and volunteer engagement for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Ohio Valley chapter. Worldwide, more than 2.3 million people suffer from MS, a chronic disease of...

Health briefs: Free osteoarthritis session, St. E chest pain accreditation, Christ online scheduling

Living Without Limits: Osteoarthritis and total joint pain   Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the weight-bearing joints and can affect the knee, hip and ankle. While the symptoms of OA can vary from one person to the next, common symptoms include stiffness, joint pain and muscle weakness.   Join Dr. Nicholas T. Gates and Dr. Jonathon Spanyer of Commonwealth Orthopaedic...

Fewer Kyians lack health insurance, but report shows little progress in health quality and outcomes so far

The percentage of Kentuckians without health insurance has dropped by more than half since the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act three years ago, and few of the insured are having trouble finding a doctor when they need one, according to a report for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. However, the report also said little progress has been made to improve Kentuckians’...

Honoring ‘Environmental Health Professionals’ who do inspections, investigations to ensure our safety

Kentucky is honoring environmental health professionals for their many contributions to our public health infrastructure. Governor Matt Bevin proclaimed March 13-17 as “Environmental Health Professionals” week saying in part that environmental health specialists in Kentucky “conduct thousands of statewide inspections and investigations each year to ensure the safety and health of Kentucky residents,...

Turn from being a helpless bystander into a hero by knowing the steps to ‘Stop the Bleed’

By Hannah Anderson Special to NKyTribune Severe bleeding can result in death within minutes, before paramedics have a chance to respond. Uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death from trauma. In some cases, the differential between life and death for a victim of an incident is the bravery of a bystander. Research suggests bystanders with little or no scientific training can save...

SmartHealthToday: With spring sports on the horizon, here’s how to stay healthy and active

By Rory Glynn SmartHealthToday St. Elizabeth Healthcare looks at spring high school sports and what athletes, coaches and parents should know to stay healthy and optimize performance. Today: baseball.   Key dates: Kentucky: Competition starts this week. District tournaments start week beginning May 21; region tournaments start week beginning May 28; and state tournament beginning the week of June...

Colorectal cancer is preventable — and here are some steps to reduce your risk, from AICR

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. It is also one of the most preventable. Research shows that Americans can prevent tens of thousands of colorectal cancer cases every year through diet, physically activity and weight management, say experts at the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR).   “By making a few changes in what you eat and drink, and getting...

SmartHealthToday: Talk to your college students about having a safe spring break

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday For many college students, spring break is a welcome respite from the academic pressure of school and a chance to enjoy a little fun in the sun. For too many students, however, it can be a time of excess and poor choices in an unfamiliar environment. What can parents do to help ensure their teens have a fun and safe spring break? “Good planning can go a long way,”...

Kentucky, surrounding states have fewer companies on government health insurance exchanges

The number of health insurance companies offering subsidized coverage didn’t shrink just in Kentucky, but in most of adjoining states, according to a study done for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The report found that the number of insurers on Kentucky’s exchange dropped to three in 2017 from seven in 2016. Likewise, the number of insurers in Illinois and Indiana also dropped by...

Spring Breaker travelers warned to take precautions against Zika virus — protect yourself and others

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, advises spring break travelers to be cautious and take steps to prevent mosquito bites and unprotected sexual contact if traveling to areas of the globe where the Zika virus has been identified. DPH also is urging pregnant women to avoid traveling to areas with active Zika virus transmission.   Information...

From patient to advocate, cancer-survivor Joe Geraci sees the critical need for palliative care for patients

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter Joe Geraci knows all too well what it feels like when life comes crashing down. “I tell people, you remember where you were when you saw or heard about the Twin Towers, and if you have a call from a doctor saying you’ve got cancer, you will definitely remember where you were and what you were doing,” says Geraci. It was February 2004, when Geraci received...

Health Department modifies temporary food permits process to ensure food safety, improve efficiency

Before patrons eat at fairs, festivals and other events in Northern Kentucky, the Northern Kentucky Health Department inspects all temporary food establishments to ensure that basic food safety and sanitation requirements are being met to help prevent food-borne illnesses. Such events are frequent: In 2016, more than 1,000 temporary food permits were issued to vendors in Northern Kentucky. With the...